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September 1143. Bradecote is a minor landowner and newly appointed under-sheriff. His sergeant, Catchpoll, is a weather-beaten, wily and experienced thief-taker who always looks to be one step ahead of any villain. Bradecote though quite new to the job brings an effectively analytical eye to the investigation. A series of fires around the city seem linked, and Bradecote and Catchpoll have to piece together the vengeful motive that links them in order to uncover the arsonist.

©2016 Sarah Hawkswood (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • BookLover47
  • 12-02-2021

better than book 1

I had rated book 1 as having no humor and very little excitement. perhaps that is because it was the first in the series and had to establish the characters. Whatever the reason, this book has humor and a good mystery. There was still not a great deal of excitement although more than the first. But I believe I am going to like this series as it progresses.

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  • T Nelson
  • 07-03-2017

Not the first book in the series

I enjoyed the characters who were engaging and realistic and the performance by Matt Addis was excellent. The story was interesting enough but slow to start.

It took me a while to realise that this clearly isn't the first Bradecote and Catchpoll story (it's the second in the series) and (because I'm maybe a bit weird about reading things in the correct order) that irritated me because there are several references to the first book throughout.

I definitely want to hear more of these two however so hope that Audible will be getting the first and third books.

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  • Mr S E GOODRUM
  • 27-02-2017

Entertaining Historical Novel

Really enjoyable listen, good pace, captivating reader, appropriately descriptive and certainly kept my attention. Recommended.

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  • Harry Buxton
  • 17-02-2017

True Voice Acting & Engaging Story

Ordeal By Fire is a fantastically engaging story, a well paced adventure in Mediaeval Worcester and you will be racing along with the characters while they try to catch the arsonist before more people die. Worcester is a character in itself, the streets and people brought to life in everyday situations against the stark background of a crime which puts all at risk. It is the detectives, such as they are in twelfth century England, their relationships and characters which are the real star of the show here.

Sarah Hawkswood has a flair for the characterisation and Matt Addis captures them exactly as I imagined them in the book, his grizzled Catchpoll landing perfectly between hardened soldier and instrument of true justice.

If you enjoy Cadfael or any mediaeval murder mystery, or even a fantasy adventure then you will enjoy this. Highly recommended and I look forward to more from both Addis and Hawkswood.

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  • eb
  • 11-11-2017

Enjoyed this reading. Characters were made to live

I enjoyed the reading of this book Matt Addis made the characters live.

Look forward to hearing the next book.

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 19-10-2017

Great little book

as a fan of Ellis Peters i approached both these books with a little trepidation but was not disappointed. Enjoyed as much as the first and am hping for more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-2021

A great tale!

Loved it! Another great yarn by Sarah Hawkeswood. Can't wait to start on the next one.

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  • shirley
  • 02-03-2018

Lovely characters

So enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure about the narrator at first but really enjoyed it.

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